Amber Cutter

Amber Cutter

My name is Amber Cutter and I am 32 years old and I have cerebral palsy. I am non verbal and I use a wheelchair. Even though I may take a while to reply, I fully understand everything. I am a member of The New Vision Advocates (NVA). The vision of this group is to build an effective voice and presence in the community for people with intellectual disabilities through leadership, understanding, education, friendship, acceptance, and belonging. I am happy to be able to share my experiences with others.

Chris Hatton

Chris Hatton
Professor of Social Care
Manchester Metropolitan University
Co-Director Public Health England
Learning (Intellectual) Disabilities
Public Health Observatory

Chris Hatton is Professor of Social Care at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, and is a former Co-Director of the Public Health England Learning (Intellectual) Disabilities Public Health Observatory. Chris has been involved in research involving people with intellectual disabilities for 30 years, focusing mainly on documenting and understanding the health and social inequalities that people experience and evaluating policy and practice initiatives. Most recently, Chris has been part of a UK-wide project documenting the experiences of adults with intellectual disabilities through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Primary Care Keynote Panel

Karen McNeil

Karen McNeil MD
Family Physician
Dalhousie Family Medicine
Adult Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Consultant Clinic

Dr. Karen McNeil’s is a family physician with Dalhousie Family Medicine in Halifax NS. Here she takes part in an Adult Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Consultant Clinic, where with Dr Jillian Achenbach, she see’s patients from community at the request of their family doctors.

Dr McNeil took part in the 2018 Canadian Consensus Guidelines and the development of the communication and decision-making tools that support these guidelines. She enjoys teaching residents, medical students and other healthcare professionals about primary care of people with IDD.

Her present research interest involves, barriers and facilitators of the periodic health care checks for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Ullanda Neil

Ullanda Neil MD, CCFP
Family Physician, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities & Participation House
Consultant Family Physician, Surrey Place
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto & Queen’s University

Dr. Ullanda Niel is a Family Physician at the Scarborough Center for Healthy Communities in Toronto and Participation House in Markham. She also works as a consultant Family Physician for Surrey Place and she is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University. She has completed a fellowship in the Primary Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities at Queen’s University. She participated in creating The 2018 Canadian consensus guidelines on primary care for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and clinical resources for the transition of youth with intellectual disabilities to adult care and other point of care tools. Through her community health center, she cares for new immigrants, refugees and people with intellectual disabilities/autism including work at an in-school health clinic.

Alicia Thatcher

Alicia Thatcher MD, CCFP (she/her/hers)
Contributor/Fellow, Family Medicine Enhanced Skills: Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, University of Saskatchewan
Board Member, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD)

Alicia Thatcher (MD, CCFP) completed her family medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan. Her passion for improving healthcare for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities stemmed from her experience working at Camp Easter Seal in high school and volunteering with organizations such as Best Buddies and Special Olympics. She currently serves on the board of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD), an organization she’s been involved in for over five years. She has almost completed her training in a new Family Medicine Enhanced Skills program focused on primary care for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the University of Saskatchewan – a new training program she created based on her own learning needs and the gaps she identified in her community.